If you're anything like me, you probably have realized by now that getting your child to cooperate at meal times can be difficult. However, if you have a comfy and easy-to-clean high chair on your side, it makes a whole world of difference.The hunt for the perfect high chair can be annoying and never-ending. By the time my son had turned two, we had used three different high chairs for him: a fabric attach-to-the-table one, a stand-alone Graco one, and finally a booster/high chair combo. What was the problem with the previous chairs?
High Chair WoesIf you must know, I loved the first chair. It was made of fabric, so I could take it off and wash it whenever I pleased. That being said, it was a pain to take on and off of the frame, making washings not as often as they should have been. I also bought it used, which meant that it fell apart prematurely--not ideal. The next chair was all about helping him be high up and accessible, but it took up quite a lot of space. I enjoyed the fabric insert that was easily removable for washings, but the chair did harbor plenty of nooks and crannies for fallen (and forgotten) food. Also, the collapsible and shakiness of the chair itself became a hazard since my monkey son was obsessed with climbing it. So we had to get rid of it. The most recent chair is one piece (in addition to the dishwasher safe tray), plastic, and attaches to normal chairs so it's very portable and makes my son feel part of the meal since he can sit at the table. Those aspects alone have made for better mealtimes. But I should warn you now that most toddlers struggle with mealtimes anyway, so it's best to get a seat they like over a seat they will hate (duh).
What Makes a Good High Chair?What can you learn from my struggles with various high chairs? That certain characteristics will make your life easier:
- One-piece chair with no cracks or crevices to collect food
- Dishwasher-safe attachable tray for easy cleaning
- Adjustable height to make baby welcome at any table
- Comfortable design for baby's agreeability during the meal
- Durable materials that won't fall apart and are easy to clean
- Adjustable for size so you can continue to it as your child grows
Of course, space saving chairs are a plus, but that isn't everyone's situation. So, if you find a really awesome chair that will last for years, go ahead and get it, because you won't be stuck in a tiny apartment forever (hopefully). Luckily, all of these great characteristics come together in the Skip Hop Tuo Convertible High Chair. Not quite convinced? Here's why I would like the Skip Hop Tuo. Skip Hop
What Makes the Skip Hop Tuo Stand Out?If you take some time to look at our high chair offerings, you'll see that we offer a limited number of brands. That's because The Baby Cubby only sells products that we consider to be top of the line, and few high chair brands have passed the tests. The Boon Flair High Chair is a Cubby Pick, and we also love all the flexibility that comes with the Stokke Tripp Trapp, as well as the Stokke Steps Chair. However, here are some things that make the Skip Hop Tuo stand out from among the rest:
- Reversible seat pad (so you can mix things up!)
- Non-skid feet (instead of wheels)
- For babies over 6 months and up to 5 years
In addition to these features, the Skip Hop Tuo has a 5-point harness, wipe-clean seat, and dishwasher safe removable tray. The footrest and legs are made of beautiful beechwood that goes beautifully with any modern kitchen.
So if you're comparing the Skip Hop Tuo to our other chairs, you'll find that it has the same one-piece design for easy cleanup and a dishwasher safe tray. The convertible aspect is also shared by the Stokke high chairs we offer and the adjustable height on the Boon Flair. All three chairs are sturdy, stylish, and easy to use and clean. But, if you're looking for a chair that's fairly affordable, the Skip Hop Tuo wins at about half the price ($160) of the Boon or Stokke chairs ($250).